If Middlesex Centre can build a Rec Centre - why can't London build a Performing Arts Centre?

The municipality of Middlesex Centre (which borders the west/north sides of London) will start construction in a few months for a new "Community Wellness and Recreation Centre".  It will feature 2 NHL sized ice pads, a gym, walking track, fitness centre, library, and multipurpose rooms.  It is a $24,000,000 investment, with $16,200,000 of that coming from the Building Canada Fund stimulus program. So if a rural municipality with about 16,000 residents can do that - why can't the City of London get its act together and build a much needed Performing Arts Centre?   And why can't we tap into some of that stimulus money to do it?